In this Nov. 15, 2017 file photo, author Jesmyn Ward attends the 68th National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner in New York.
In this Nov. 15, 2017 file photo, author Jesmyn Ward attends the 68th National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner in New York. Evan Agostini Invision/AP, File
In this Nov. 15, 2017 file photo, author Jesmyn Ward attends the 68th National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner in New York. Evan Agostini Invision/AP, File